The New Deal: History, Economics and Law

EH806 — with Thomas E. Woods, Jr.

Dates: March 14, 2011 - April 28, 2011
Status: Closed

This online course taught by historian Thomas Woods examines the critical period of American history from the stock market crash of 1929 to the end of World War II, focusing on domestic affairs. Topics include: the 1920s boom and bust, the Hoover record in light of recent scholarship, the New Deal programs and agencies, the evolution of the Supreme Court, international parallels, political and intellectual opposition to FDR, and the economic consequences of World War II. Readings include primary documents, works by contemporaries, and recent scholarship and commentary.

Dr. Woods discusses this course in his article, The Lessons of History.

Weekly Topics:

  • The 1920s boom and bust
  • The Hoover record
  • The New Deal programs and agencies
  • The evolution of the Supreme Court
  • International parallels
  • Political and intellectual opposition to FDR
  • Economic consequences of World War II


Lectures will be Monday evenings, at 9pm EST.


Readings include primary documents, works by contemporaries, and recent scholarship and commentary. A full hyper-linked syllabus with readings for each weekly topic will be available for all students.

Final Grade, Transcript, and Certificate of Completion:

For those taking the course for a grade, the grade will be based on objective tests.  Students will have access to a digital transcript for the course. We will add any future grades for future Mises Academy courses taken to this transcript. Students will also receive a digital, printable Certificate of Completion.

At this time the Mises Academy does not offer transferable credits, certifications, or degrees.

Refund Policy

If you drop the course during its first week (7 calendar days), you will receive a full refund, minus a $25 processing fee.
If you drop the course during its second week, you will receive a half refund.
No refunds will be granted following the second week.


Thomas E. Woods, Jr.

A senior fellow in history at the Mises Institute, holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard and his master’s, M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University. Woods is the New York Times bestselling author of ten books, and his writing has appeared in dozens of popular and scholarly periodicals.

Several of Woods’ books are available for purchase at the Mises Store.

See Woods’ website for more information about his work and writing.

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